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5.0 out of 5 stars Elgar's genious lies in choral works, 3 Dec. 2008
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This review is from: Elgar: Coronation Ode; The Spirit of England (Audio CD)
Like many of his oratorios, these two choral works show Elgar's real genious and originality which is so singular that you can not find any parallel in other composer's works. Even Schumann did not write choral works with such deep lyricism and inspiration. It is a real shame that still lots of people recognise Elgar solely as a composer of Enigma Variations, the two symphonies and cello concerto and that his choral works are often ignored and rarely performed. This disc is a good place to start to explore amazing world of Elgar's choral outputs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirit of England Realised by a Great Scotsman, 11 Nov. 2005
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This review is from: Elgar: Coronation Ode; The Spirit of England (Audio CD)
This is one of a number of splendid Elgar recordings which the late Sir Alexander Gibson made for Chandos in the 1970s.
On this disc are two very different Elgar choral works. The Coronation Ode was written for King Edwar VII's coronation in 1902, and was in fact never played, because the original coronation ceremony was cancelled when the king became ill.
It is very rarely heard today, probably on the grounds of political correctness: the text, written by A C Benson, is cringingly imperialistic and jingoistic.
The highlight of the work is the original setting of the Pomp and Circumstance March No 1's 'big tune' as "Land of Hope and Glory."
It is, of course, real 'Last Night of the Proms' stuff, and if you enter into it in that spirit, the music is terrific.
But the highlight of the disc is the setting of the three Lawrence Binyon poems inspired by the First World War.
Though they were written in 1914, they indicate an awareness of the enormity of the suffering to come.
For once Elgar gets verse worthy of his great music, and the setting of "Spirit of England" - the third of the trilogy - stands comparison with anything else he composed.
Gibson gets to the heart of it: a great performance which gets the sonics we have come to expect from Chandos.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine disc from a great Elgarian, 8 Nov. 2005
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This review is from: Elgar: Coronation Ode; The Spirit of England (Audio CD)
This is one of a number of splendid Elgar recordings which the late Sir Alexander Gibson made for Chandos in the 1970s.
On this disc are two very different Elgar choral works. The Coronation Ode was written for King Edwar VII's coronation in 1902, and was in fact never played, because the original coronation ceremony was cancelled when the king became ill.
It is very rarely heard today, probably on the grounds of political correctness: the text, written by A C Benson, is cringingly imperialistic and jingoistic.
The highlight of the work is the original setting of the Pomp and Circumstance March No 1's 'big tune' as "Land of Hope and Glory."
It is, of course, real 'Last Night of the Proms' stuff, and if you enter into it in that spirit, the music is terrific.
But the highlight of the disc is the setting of the three Lawrence Binyon poems inspired by the First World War.
Though they were written in 1914, they indicate an awareness of the enormity of the suffering to come.
For once Elgar gets verse worthy of his great music, and the setting of "Spirit of England" stands comparison with anything else he composed.
Gibson gets to the heart of it: a great performance which gets the sonics we have come to expect from Chandos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good patriotic music, 15 Aug. 2014
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Excellent recording and the Spirit of England is so appropriate for this year
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Elgar under Gibson, 31 July 2014
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This recording has excellent sound quality, superb brass playing from the SNO under Gibson and his choice of tempi are ideal. Thoroughly recommended.
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